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July 12, 2010 article in Le Nouvelliste: "Very bad memories"

Translation of a French article in the Trois-Rivières daily Le Nouvelliste, July 12, 2010

«De très mauvais souvenirs» | Mathieu Lamothe | Le Nouvelliste

Caption: David Love was visibly disturbed to once again be
standing outside the Narconon detoxification centre on Saturday.

"Very bad memories"

David Love participated in a demonstration outside the Narconon centre

by Mathieu Lamothe
Le Nouvelliste
July 12, 2010

(Trois-Rivières) It was a visibly upset David Edgar Love who participated Saturday in a demonstration organized by the Anonymous group in front of the Narconon detoxification centre on Parent Boulevard in Trois-Rivières.

"Very bad memories. I have very bad memories of what happened to me there and of what happened to other people. Some very bad things happen in this building. It must stop," he said with a troubled voice, staring at the building where he says he was a victim of psychological and sexual harassment.

The demonstration was organized by the Anonymous group to support David Love for filing complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission (Commission des droits de la personne) and Labour Standards Commission (Commission des normes du travail). Anonymous is a collective of persons who protest the actions of the Church of Scientology, which they characterize as crimes and abuse. According to them, the techniques used at Narconon are based on the principles of this church and are abusive.

David Edgar Love entered Narconon in December 2008 to be treated for a drug problem. After completing his therapy, he was hired by the detoxification center to follow up with patients who had already undergone a therapy. He says this is when he began to doubt that the success rate of the therapies was not greater than 70%, as the organization boasted.

"When someone who has a drug or alcohol problem searches the Internet to find help and comes across the Narconon site, they see a 70% success rate. They have high expectations," he laments.

The members of Anonymous who were present at the protest insisted on paying tribute to Mr. Love's courage.

"It's quite rare that someone stands up publicly against Scientology. He deserves support for what he's doing," said one protestor.

In addition to participating in the demonstration, the purpose of David Edgar Love's visit to Trois-Rivières was to retrieve books that belong to him and that he believed were still inside Narconon's premises. He had even sent a letter to the lawyers representing Narconon asking them to notify their client that he intended to get his books back. The former Narconon employee said he was trying to get a hold of these books about the stages of the detoxification process used by Narconon in order to compare their content with the content of books that explain the principles of Scientology.

"I received a letter from Narconon's lawyers yesterday (Friday) telling me that my books had unfortunately been sent for recycling," he said, before giving a faint smile.

It was not possible to speak with the director of Narconon Trois-Rivières, Marc Bernard, to obtain his comments on the allegations made by his former employee.

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Narconon TR responds: July 13, 2010

Translation of a French article in the Trois-Rivières daily Le Nouvelliste, July 13, 2010


Caption: Marc Bernard, director of Narconon.

"All we want is to help people"

The director of Narconon defends his organization

by Paule Vermot-Desroches

[email protected]
Le Nouvelliste
July 13, 2010

(Trois-Rivières) "Our mission is to help addicts pull themselves together again and become active members of society. We are not a religious propaganda centre or whatnot. All we want is to help people." The message that the director of Narconon Trois-Rivières wishes to send is clear: the events of the past few days and even the past year which have placed his establishment under public scrutiny will in no way change its objective, to give drug addicts a new chance.

Recent revelations about Narconon are falsehoods, Marc Bernard protests, and certainly do not reflect the reality experienced within the walls of the detoxification centre.

David Edgar Love, a former client and later a former employee of Narconon, filed a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission (Commission des droits de la personne) as well as the Quebec Labour Standards Commission (Commission des normes du travail) concerning episodes of psychological and sexual harassment he says he experienced while he was employed at Narconon.

However, with supporting written documents, Marc Bernard states that there was never any sexual harassment, but rather an affair between Mr. Love and a woman who is part of Narconon's management.

"Our hands are kind of tied because there is an ongoing judicial process. But I don't accept that he is spreading such lies. He was not sexually harassed by this woman; he had an affair with her. We provided the evidence to the judicial authorities that will have to decide the case," explains Mr. Bernard.

As far as the accusations of psychological harassment are concerned, Marc Bernard categorically denies that David Love was in any way cut off from outside communication and cut off from contact with his family.

"We have a qualifications department that offers a self-correction system for our employees and it always aims to help a person improve. We all have moments of oppression in our life and we can be distracted by oppression. This is when negative things happen to us and this is why the method encourages "disconnection". This is what is taught in the writings that we work with. But never did we prevent him from communicating outside, that's ridiculous," exclaims Marc Bernard, who has never hidden the fact that the writings of L. Ron Hubbard inspire the method used by Narconon but without in any way turning Narconon into a religious recruitment centre.

According to him, the only motivation that drives David Love to continue his public statements and actions is money.

"He wants money from us, this appears clear to me. But it's important to look at what he says and what he doesn't say. His case has already been refused by the CSST [Quebec's workplace health and safety commission - Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail]. For the moment, there are procedures in progress, but the truth will come out in the end," believes Mr. Bernard.


Marc Bernard learned via the Internet that Anonymous was planning a "raid" in front of his establishment on Saturday afternoon. The history of this openly anti-Scientology organization is a bit darker than that, Mr. Bernard points out.

In recent years, persons claiming to act on behalf of Anonymous are alleged to have profaned a statue of Christ in Montreal, made racist comments on the Internet, and even issued threats to various people.

An 18-year-old young man responsible for a killing spree that left seven dead at a high school in Finland in November 2007 had even announced over the Internet, in advance, that he was going to commit this crime in the name of Anonymous.

"They've already published instructions telling people how to commit suicide. It's necessary to know who we are dealing with. And Mr. Love associates himself with these people?" asks Mr. Bernard.

On Saturday, no misconduct was reported and the police paid a visit near the end of the demonstration, but they did not have to intervene.

Marc Bernard expects the judicial process to decide in favour of the detoxification centre.

"We did so much for him (Love). We've never done anything to curtail anyone's freedom. We've never claimed we are perfect, but we work hard to attain the highest possible success rate. I've never seen a more dedicated team helping people get better," says Marc Bernard.

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Way to go Anonymous and David Love!!! So glad the media is reporting this.

More proof that Narconon is Scientology = Stupid photo of Hubbard behind Bernard, lol


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How journalist Emilie Dubreuil met David Love

Translation of a French article from journalist Émilie Dubreuil's blog on MSN.ca, July 18, 2010. Émilie Dubreuil is a reporter for Radio-Canada.

David contre Hubbard - Emilie Dubreuil - Actualités - MSN CA

Gerry Armstrong and David Love, April 2010

Émilie Dubreuil

David versus Hubbard

by Émilie Dubreuil
July 18, 2010 11:30 P.M.

The number was blocked on the call display, but I knew I was speaking with the Church of Scientology's Salman Rushdie.

The first time I heard of David Edgar Love was last fall. The telephone rang at home. A man introduced himself in English: "Hello, my name is Gerry Armstrong ... " The number was blocked on the call display, but I instinctively knew that the person on the other end was the Church of Scientology's Salman Rushdie. Gerry Armstrong is an Anon, a name coined by "anti-Scientology" activists for persons who criticize the activities of the Church and even its very existence. Anons provide the help they have the means to offer to those who wish to leave the ranks of the religious group as well as to those who say they are its victims.

In this community, whose members can be found throughout the world, Armstrong is a star, a true living legend. A former Scientologist who from 1971 to 1981 was a member of the Sea Org, an elite group within the Church, he was in 1980 assigned the task of collecting the personal archives of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. This research was intended to facilitate the work of the writer hired by the organization to write the prophet's biography.

While sifting through the master's papers -- notes, letters, archives -- a seed of doubt was planted in the mind of the faithful Scientologist, and the more he read, the more he doubted the dogma to which he had devoted his life. He asked his superiors to explain the inconsistencies he discovered in Hubbard's writings. This was such insubordination that the Church excommunicated him and declared him anathema. As a result of his questioning of Scientology doctrine, he was subjected to "Fair Game", a policy established by Hubbard in 1960 and which stipulates that any individual or group that threatens his Church will be attacked. This essentially means "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Thus did Scientology drag its former disciple to court. The pretext: the Church accused Armstrong of handing over confidential papers to his lawyer.

In 1986, after a long court battle, the two parties signed an agreement. Armstrong accepted $800,000 in compensation. In return, he agreed not to disclose privileged information about the Church and not to intervene in other cases related directly or indirectly to the organization. However, for the past 24 years, Armstrong has been doing precisely the opposite. He devotes his life to helping people who sue the Church and speaks openly about the secret documents to which he had access. The upshot has been a proliferation of new lawsuits. These were the circumstances which, last fall, led David Love to find him. If you want to attack Scientology and you're googling in the hope of finding allies, it doesn't take long for Gerry Armstrong's name to pop up ... From a building in Trois-Rivieres, this is what David Edgar Love was searching for.

Knowing about my journalistic interest in the Church of Scientology, Armstrong wanted to tell me about a "case". An employee of Narconon was being held against his will at the detoxification centre which is located at the outskirts of Trois-Rivieres and which is tied to the Church of Scientology. Like the vast majority of Narconon's "intervention workers", there are Narconon centres around the world.

David Edgar Love arrived there as a client. He was suffering from an addiction to medication and had faith in this miracle cure that advertised a 70% success rate. The centre provides treatment for addicts based on Hubbard's teachings, which are disputed by the scientific community. Hubbard believed that drugs, all drugs, settle in the body's fatty tissues and that it is therefore possible to detoxify a person by following what Scientologists call "the purification rundown", which consists of sending a person to a sauna for several hours a day for several weeks.

Like most clients of this miracle cure (which costs a fortune: tens of thousands of dollars), Love hails from English Canada. During his treatment, he claims he was forced to watch a film about Dianetics, Scientology's bible. He also claims to have been sexually harassed by the treatment director and that his bedside books were confiscated so that he could only read books by Hubbard. In spite of this, Love successfully completed the treatment and became an employee of the centre. He was given the responsibility of compiling statistics on success rates ... and he began to call persons who had completed the program, only to realize, he says, that the success rate was closer to 40% than 70%.

Moreover, Love says he witnessed disturbing medical incidents. For example, a diabetic was denied his insulin. Scientologists have, to say the least, a complicated attitude toward drugs and illness, which, according to them -- this is an extremely terse summary -- are caused by surplus particles of extraterrestrial beings that pollute our body. Love also tells the story of a young Ontario woman who broke her arm when she fell on ice and who was not immediately taken to a hospital because someone wanted to cure her with a Scientology-style laying on of hands. We contacted this former Narconon client in Ontario and she confirmed this story.

David Edgar Love became increasingly uncomfortable about his employer and its methods, and he began to think of leaving. However, Narconon, he says, showing us copies of his paychecks, paid him well below the minimum wage. It was then that he contacted Armstrong, who in turn called me. I met Love just as he was leaving the facility with the escort he had requested from the Sûreté du Québec [Quebec provincial police]. He was strange, hirsute. Since then, he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome by a psychiatrist from the McGill University Health Centre, he has filed complaints with the Quebec Labour Standards Commission [Commission des normes du travail] and the Quebec Human Rights Commission [Commission des droits de la personne], and he has lobbied the Health Department to ban the Scientology treatment. It's a David versus Goliath battle. But not exactly ... because people like Gerry Armstrong and his wide network of Anons provided him a lawyer who has been advising him from Australia to assist him in his efforts.

Narconon denies David Edgar Love's allegations and has paid him his wages. Today, the former addict is working at a call centre in Dorval and he is determined to remain in Quebec until the treatment program tied to the Church of Scientology has been shamed in the public square. Employees of Narconon still lecture about drugs in schools across the province, promoting the gospel of a science fiction writer and of a religion among young people.
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Canada Competition Bueau - Misrepresentation/Conspiracy

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I completed two of the five complaints to the Canada Competition Bureau today. The next two are a little more complex; tying in the other Entities is going to be time consuming.

Considering sending copies to local and other Federal Politicians/Governments. Media is on my doorstep for this one; too busy to even think of talking to them again,....Yet.